Like a snowball rolling down the very large mountain in its name, the Whistler Writers Festival just keeps getting bigger. Now set for its 17th edition, scheduled to run from October 11 to 14, the fest has revealed its full lineup, featuring 60 distinguished authors from near and far.
The local contingent boasts plenty of star power in its own right. Victoria’s Esi Edugyan will be there with her upcoming novel, Washington Black (in consideration for the Man Booker Prize, just as her Half-Blood Blues was back in 2011), as will Haisla/Heiltsuk First Nations’ Eden Robinson, author of the much-lauded Son of a Trickster and Trickster Drift. The list of B.C. luminaries also includes Lorna Crozier, Kevin Chong, Bill Gaston, Sam Wiebe, Charles Demers, and Eve Lazarus, to name just a few.
Visiting from elsewhere in the country will be Montrealer (and former Vancouver Public Library writer in residence) Rawi Hage, Cree poet Billy-Ray Belcourt, Newfoundlanders Lisa Moore and Sharon Bala, Ontario’s Wayne Grady, and many others.
And international glitz will be provided by Australia’s Peter Carey, one of the biggest names in current literature. Only three other writers in the world can say they’ve won the Booker Prize twice, as Carey has for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang.
Check out the festival’s website for the complete roster and info on ticket packages and accommodations.